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List of Planned Parenthood’s October Political Donations Released

The Public Disclosure Commission has released the list of campaigns Planned Parenthood contributed to in October.  In addition to the contributions made in the months prior, the following contributions were made by Planned Parenthood in October:

$1,000 to Irene Bowling (House, Dist. 35)

$1,000 to Lisa Wellman (Senate, Dist. 41)

$1,000 to Mari Leavitt (House, Dist. 28)

$1,000 to Kristine Reeves (House, Dist. 30)

$1,000 to Marisa Peloquin (Senate, Dist. 28)

$1,000 to Mark Mullet (Senate, Dist. 5)

$1,000 to Teresa Purcell (House, Dist. 19)

$800 to Christine Kilduff (House, Dist. 28)

$500 to Governor Jay Inslee

$500 to Pat McCarthy (State Auditor)

$250 to Angie Homola (Senate, Dist. 10)

$250 to Lynnette Vehrs (House, Dist. 6)

 

You can also view the full list of Washington State candidates Planned Parenthood has endorsed here.

New Video: Why We Must Still Vote

Given the widespread dissatisfaction across the political spectrum for this year’s presidential nominees, we’ve heard from a number of registered voters who are considering tossing out their ballot. But before you make that decision, please check out this quick, 2-minute video:

Good people with good values need to vote on a number of other races and issues than just who will occupy the White House.

Washington residents can still register to vote at their county elections department, until October 31st.

For more information on the candidates running for office, races to watch, issues at stake, and more, you can visit FPIW’s Elections Hub, or text your Zip Code to 77039 for a personalized non-partisan voter guide.

 

Washington Primary Results Analysis: What Does it Mean?

 

Tuesday night’s primary election in Washington pushed a number of candidates through to the general election in November, where a number of district- and state-level seats are set to be filled. The balance of power in the Washington legislature is almost certainly in play as well.

These numbers will change as more votes are counted from late-mailing voters. In 2012, the Republicans gained some ground after the counting of late-mailed ballots; however, at present, the ballots counted are certainly a majority. We’ll keep you updated as the updates become available.

Here are some of the races to pay attention to as the election draws nearer.

Balance of Power in the State Senate

Several state senate races may well determine if the Republicans are able to maintain control in that chamber.

In the 5th District, incumbent Democrat Mark Mullet clings to a very narrow, 45-vote lead over challenger Chad Magendanz. Both will, of course, advance to the general election. While in the House, Magendanz voted against for the abortion insurance mandate and for the legalization of gay marriage, but also claims to support parental notification for abortion. Current Score: Mullet (D) 50.15%, Magendanz (R) 49.85%.

In the 10th District, incumbent Republican Senator Barbara Bailey gathered 51.4% of her district’s primary vote; however, both of her challengers were Democrats, who split the remaining 48.6% of the vote. If failed challenger Nick Petrish’s supporters consolidate behind Democrat Angie Homola, this could shape up to be a tight race in a district that has elected both Democrats and Republicans in recent years. Current Score: Bailey (R) 51.4%, Democrats 48.6%.

In the 17th District, Senator Don Benton is retiring, leaving the seat up for grabs in a narrowly contested race. Former Democrat Rep. Tim Probst holds a few hundred-vote lead over current-Rep. Lynda Wilson, who has vacated her seat in an attempt to keep the 17th in Republican hands. Current Score: Probst (D) 50.67%, Wilson (R) 49.33%.

In the 41st District, incumbent Republican Senator Steve Litzow holds just a 169-vote lead over Democrat challenger Lisa Wellman. Third-party Libertarian challenger Bryan Simonson picked up 590 votes in the race. If the numbers hold at present, Litzow will hold the seat. Litzow was one of the three Republican Senators that defected from the ranks to strike down Senator Doug Erickson’s attempt at reversing the Washington Human Rights Commission’s open-bathrooms rule. Current Score: Litzow (R) 48.72%, Wellman (D) 47.69%; 3.59% of votes cast have gone to Libertarian Bryan Simonson.

At present, Republicans hold a 26-23 lead in the Senate, including Senator Tim Sheldon from the 35th District (Shelton), a long-time Democrat who caucuses with the Republicans. If current results of the primary held through the general election, the Republicans would lose one seat, but retain leadership of the Senate 25-24. If Litzow loses control of the election in the 41st District, however, and Magendanz can’t overtake Mullet in the General, the Democrats would reclaim the senate majority by the same margin. However, if Litzow can hold his seat, Wilson holds the seat vacated by Don Benton in the 17th, and Magendanz could pick up Mark Mullet’s seat in the 5th, the Republicans would gain a seat.

In summary, the balance of power in the Senate is up for grabs.

 

Balance of Power in the State House

The primary elections in the Washington State House appear not to have an impact on the overall balance of power. Democrats, who hold a 50-48 majority, would retain the majority if the primary results carried over to the general election in November. After Tuesday night, Republicans are at risk of losing as many as six seats, while Democrats appear only to be at risk of losing one. Here are the races to watch:

District 5, Seat 2: The race is on to fill the seat vacated by Chad Magandanz, who is running for Senate in the District. Republican Paul Graves brought in 47.17% of the vote in the primary, however, his two Democrat challengers, Darcy Burner and Matt Larson, brought in a combined 52.83% of the vote. Graves will have his hands full keeping the seat in Republican hands.

District 6, Seat 1: In the race to replace a vacant seat left by Kevin Parker, Democrat Lynnette Vehrs pulled in the highest number of votes during the primary; however, three of four of Verhs’ challengers are Republican, meaning that Mike Volz will be the candidate to run to keep the seat in Republican hands. Current ballot counts show Democrat and Republican turnout to be almost a dead heat. Current Score: Vehrs 44.29%, Republicans 51.58%.

District 17, Seat 1: This seat, vacated by Rep. Lynda Wilson when she decided to run for the district’s Senate seat, will be a close race between Republican Vicki Craft and Democrat Sam Kim. In a crowded field, Republican candidates received 47.04% of the votes, while four Democrats split the remaining 52.96%.

District 26, Seat 1: Gig Harbor Rep. Jesse Young faces a tough re-election, capturing the primary lead by just 141 votes over Democrat challenger Larry Seaquist. In the field of four candidates, Republicans received 49.41% of the vote while Democrats received slightly more at 50.59%.

District 28, Seat 2: Incumbent Democrat Christine Kilduff captured a majority of her district’s vote Tuesday night, barely crossing the 50% threshold. However, her remaining opponents, all Republican and Libertarian, captured the remaining votes, separating the Democrats from the Republicans by only 264 votes.

District 30, Seat 1: Incumbent Republican Rep. Linda Kochmar trails Democrat challenger Mike Pellicciotti by 419 votes, nearly a four-point margin; currently 52-48%.

District 30, Seat 2: Incumbent Republican Rep. Teri Hickel currently trails Democrat challenger Kristine Reeves by just 55 votes. (50.23-49.77%) While late arriving ballots could change the final outcome of the primary, it appears this will be a very close race in November.

Statewide Office

Governor: Incumbent Governor Jay Inslee captured less than half of the votes cast in Tuesday’s primary. Republican challenger Bill Bryant came in second place, ahead of all other candidates by a wide margin. The race will likely come down to voter turnout; Republicans captured 43.5% of all votes cast while the Democrats and other minor parties captured the rest.

Lieutenant Governor: In a bit of a surprise race, the top two candidates to emerge from this race are Republican Marty McClendon and Democrat Senator Cyrus Habib. McClendon bested Habib by a full percentage point in a race that featured eleven candidates.

Supreme Court, Position 5: Chief Justice Barbara Madsen enjoyed a healthy showing in the Primary, besting opponent Greg Zempel by a wide margin. Both will head to the general election. Current results from the primary: Madsen 64.16%, Zempel 29.28%.

See 2016 Washington Primary Results Here

 

Results from Washington State’s primary begin trickling in Tuesday night as votes were cast by mail for dozens of races at the federal, statewide, and district level.

In Washington’s primary system, the top two finishing candidates for each race – regardless of party – move on to the general election in November.

The results below indicate which two of the candidates for each office received the highest percentage returns in the primary election. You can view the most updated numbers at the Washington Secretary of State’s website, here. The final results are not official until certified by the secretary of state, and are subject to change prior to that point. Incumbents are denoted by an asterisk.  

Numbers updated 8/4/16 at 11:00am.

Federal Offices

U.S. Senate – In a race largely seen as a safe Democrat hold in the Senate, incumbent Senator Patty Murray looks to have a safe claim on her seat, scoring well over half of all votes in a crowded field of 17 candidates.

Patty Murray* (D)                            53.30%

Chris Vance (R)                                 27.93%

Congress, District 1

Suzan DelBene* (D)                          53.86%

Robert J. Sutherland (R)                  31.13%

Congress, District 2

Rick Larsen* (D)                                53.00%

Marc Henneman (R)                         31.74%

Congress, District 3

Jaime Herrera Beutler* (R)              54.65%

Jim Moeller (D)                                   25.29%

Congress, District 4

Dan Newhouse* (R)                          46.20%

Clint Didier (R)                                  27.24%

Congress, District 5

Cathy McMorris Rodgers* (R)        41.44%

Joe Pakootas (D)                                32.15%

Congress, District 6

Derek Kilmer* (D)                            59.01%

Todd A. Bloom (R)                           24.35%

Congress, District 7

Pramila Jayapal (D)                          39.06%

Brady Walkinshaw (D)                     21.29%

Congress, District 8

Dave Reichert* (R)                            57.38%

Tony Ventrella (D)                             17.50%

Congress, District 9

Adam Smith* (D)                              56.95%

Doug Basler (R)                                 24.68%

Congress, District 10

Denny Heck* (D)                               46.92%

Jim Postma (R)                                  36.87%

 

Statewide Offices

Governor

Jay Inslee* (D)                                   48.57%

Bill Bryant (R)                                   38.57%

Lieutenant Governor

Cyrus Habib (D)                                20.07%

Marty McClendon (R)                      20.04%

Secretary of State

Kim Wyman* (R)                              48.72%

Tina Podlodowski (D)                      45.45%

State Treasurer

Duane Davidson (R)                         25.52%

Michael Waite (R)                             23.68%

State Auditor

Mark Miloscia (R)                              37.43%

Patrice McCarthy (D)                        30.35%

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson* (D)                            72.61%

Joshua Trumbull (L)                         27.39%

Commissioner of Public Lands

Steve McLaughlin (R)                       38.97%

Hilary Franz (D)                                21.17%

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Erin Jones                                           23.35%

Chris Reykdal                                     21.01%

Insurance Commissioner

Mike Kreidler                                     57.69%

Richard Shrock                                  35.05%

 

State Senate

District 1

Mindie Wirth (R)                              40.05%

Guy Palumbo (D)                              30.20%

District 2

Randi Becker* (R)                             58.18%

Marilyn Rasmussen (D)                   27.25%

District 3

Andy Billig* (D)                                 74.30%

James R. Apker (L)                            25.70%

District 4

Mike Padden* (R)                             100.00%

Senator Padden ran unopposed.

District 5 –

Mark Mullet* (D)                              50.55%

Chad Magendanz (R)                       49.45%

District 9

Mark G. Schoesler* (R)                   100.00%

Senator Schoesler ran unopposed.

District 10

Barbara Bailey* (R)                          50.81%

Angie Homola (D)                            39.96%

District 11

Bob Hasegawa* (D)                          79.05%

Dennis Price (L)                                20.95%

District 12

Brad Hawkins* (R)                           66.68%

Jon Wyss (R)                                      33.32%

District 14 –

Curtis King* (R)                                69.74%

Amanda Richards (R)                      30.26%

District 16 –

Maureen Walsh (R)                          100.00%

Maureen Walsh ran unopposed.

District 17

Tim Probst (D)                                  50.12%

Lynda Wilson (R)                             49.88%

District 18

Ann Rivers* (R)                                 59.97%

Eric K. Holt (R)                                  40.03%

District 19

Dean Takko* (D)                               58.02%

Sue Kuehl Pederson (R)                  41.98%

District 20

John Braun* (R)                                100.00%

Senator Braun ran unopposed.

District 22

Sam Hunt* (D)                                  55.45%

Steve Owens (I)                                 21.88%

District 23

Christine Rolfes* (D)                       100.00%

Senator Rolfes ran unopposed.

 District 24

Kevin Van De Wege (D)                   61.99%

Danille Turissini (R)                         38.01%

District 25

Hans Zeiger (R)                                 59.02%

Karl Mecklenburg (D)                      40.98%

District 27

Jeannie Darneille* (D)                      62.50%

Greg Taylor (R)                                   26.01%

District 28

Steve O’Ban* (R)                               53.75%

Marisa Peloquin                                46.25%

District 36

Reuven Carlyle* (D)                         100.00%

Senator Carlyle ran unopposed.

District 39

Kirk Pearson* (R)                             100.00%

Senator Pearson ran unopposed.

District 40

Kevin Ranker* (D)                            69.36%

Daniel R. Miller (R)                          30.64%

District 41

Steve Litzow* (R)                              48.76%

Lisa Wellman (D)                              47.64%

District 49

Annette Cleveland* (D)                    57.21%

Lewis Gerhardt (R)                           31.56%

 

State House of Representatives

Candidates running unopposed are not listed below.

 District 1, Position 1

Derek Stanford* (D)                         50.19%

Neil Thannisch (R)                           23.20%

District 1, Position 2

Jim Langston (R)                              39.50%

Shelley Kloba (D)                              31.54%

District 2, Position 1

Andrew Barkis* (R)                          57.90%

Amy Pivetta Hoffman                      42.10%

District 2, Position 2

J.T. Wilcox* (R)                                65.89%

Derek Maynes (D)                            19.19%

District 3, Position 1

Marcus Riccelli* (D)                          72.55%

Randy McGlenn II (R)                      27.45%

District 3, Position 2

Timm Ormsby* (D)                           63.86%

Laura Carder (R)                               28.34%

District 4, Position 1

Matt Shea* (R)                                  58.98%

Scott V. Stucker (D)                          41.02%

District 5, Position 1

Jay Rodne* (R)                                  55.19%

Jason Ritchie (D)                              44.81%

District 5, Position 2

Paul Graves (R)                                 46.67%

Darcy Burner (D)                              36.50%

District 6, Position 1

Lynnette Vehrs (D)                           43.68%

Mike Volz (R)                                     29.42%

District 6, Position 2

Jeff Holy* (R)                                     57.15%

Shar Lichty (D)                                  42.85%

District 7, Position 2

Joel Kretz* (R)                                   78.08%

Mike Foster (L)                                  21.92%

District 8, Position 1

Brad Klippert* (R)                            54.30%

Rick Jansons (R)                               31.68%

District 8, Position 2

Larry Haler* (R)                                64.09%

Steve Simmons (R)                           35.91%

District 9, Position 1

Mary Dye* (R)                                   57.71%

Jennifer Goulet (D)                           30.15%

District 10, Position 1

Norma Smith* (R)                             73.54%

Michael Scott (L)                               26.46%

District 10, Position 2

Dave Hayes* (R)                                55.24%

Doris Brevoort (D)                            44.76%

District 11, Position 1

Zack Hudgins* (D)                            65.25%

Erin Smith Aboudara (R)                 34.75%

District 12, Position 1

Cary Condotta* (R)                           63.95%

Dan Maher (D)                                  36.05%

District 12, Position 2

Mike Steele (R)                                  36.16%

Jerry Paine (R)                                  26.38%

District 13, Position 2

Matt Manweller* (R)                       71.00%

Jordan Webb (D)                              29.00%

District 14, Position 1

Norm Johnson* (R)                           67.53%

Susan Soto Palmer (D)                     32.47%

District 14, Position 2

Gina McCabe* (R)                             66.61%

John Adams (D)                                33.39%

District 15, Position 2

David V. Taylor* (R)                          38.10%

AJ Cooper (D)                                     31.63%

District 16, Position 1

Rebecca Francik (D)                         29.32%

William Jenkin (R)                           23.20%

District 16, Position 2

Terry Nealey* (R)                             61.86%

Gary Downing (D)                            29.60%

District 17, Position 1

Vicki Kraft (R)                                   33.06%

Sam Kim (D)                                      21.39%

District 17, Position 2

Paul Harris* (R)                                47.45%

Martin Hash (D)                                39.52%

District 18, Position 1

Brandon Vick* (R)                            57.98%

Justin Oberg (D)                               32.32%

District 18, Position 2

Liz Pike* (R)                                       42.19%

Kathy Gillespie (D)                           29.18%

District 19, Position 1

Jim Walsh (R)                                     28.98%

J.D. Rossetti* (D)                               24.29%

District 19, Position 2

Brian E. Blake* (D)                            55.30%

Jimi O’Hagan (R)                               38.76%

District 21, Position 1

Strom Peterson* (D)                         77.97%

Alex Hels (L)                                      22.03%

District 21, Position 2

Lillian Ortiz-Self* (D)                       56.70%

Jeff Scherrer (R)                                32.81%

District 22, Position 1

Laurie Dolan (D)                               30.81%

Donald Austin (R)                             28.70%

District 23, Position 1

Sherry V. Appleton* (D)                  54.64%

Loretta Byrnes (R)                            25.30%

District 24, Position 1

Mike Chapman (D)                           45.65%

George Vrabel (R)                             36.76%

District 24, Position 2

Steve Tharinger* (D)                         61.98%

John D. Alger (R)                               38.02%

District 25, Position 1

Melanie Stambaugh* (R)                 57.78%

Jamie Smith (D)                                42.22%

District 25, Position 2

Joyce McDonald (R)                          56.67%

Michelle Chatterton (D)                   43.33%

District 26, Position 1

Jesse L. Young* (R)                           39.03%

Larry Seaquist (D)                             36.54%

District 26, Position 2

Michelle Caldier* (R)                       56.68%

Randy Spitzer (D)                             43.32%

District 28, Position 1

Richard Muri* (R)                             53.03%

Mari Leavitt (D)                                 39.26%

District 28, Position 2

Christine Kilduff* (D)                       50.91%

Paul Wagemann (R)                          27.61%

District 29, Position 1

David Sawyer* (D)                            40.68%

Rick Thomas (R)                                35.38%

District 29, Position 2

Steve Kirby* (D)                               61.64%

Jessica Garcia (R)                            38.36%

District 30, Position 1

Mike Pellicciotti (D)                          51.86%

Linda Kochmar* (R)                         48.14%

District 30, Position 2

Kristine Reeves (D)                          50.15%

Teri Hickel* (R)                                 49.85%

District 31, Position 1

Drew Stokesbary* (R)                      73.94%

John Frostad (L)                               26.06%

District 31, Position 2

Phil Fortunato (R)                             39.60%

Lane Walthers (D)                             36.75%

District 32, Position 1

Cindy Ryu* (D)                                  74.31%

Alvin Rutledge (R)                            18.49%

District 32, Position 2

Ruth Kagi* (D)                                  65.26%

David Schirle (R)                              22.01%

District 33, Position 1

Tina Orwall* (D)                               68.04%

John Potter (R)                                 27.87%

District 33, Position 2

Mia Gregerson* (D)                          63.56%

Pamela Pollock (R)                            36.44%

District 34, Position 1

Eileen L. Cody* (D)                           71.24%

Matthew Benson (R)                         17.58%

District 34, Position 2

Joe Fitzgibbon* (D)                           79.29%

Andrew Pilloud (R)                           20.71%

District 35, Position 1

Dan Griffey* (R)                                54.35%

Irene Bowling (D)                             45.65%

District 35, Position 2

Drew MacEwen* (R)                         53.91%

Craig Patti (D)                                    46.09%

District 37, Position 1

Sharon Tomiko Santos* (D)             92.28%

John Dickinson (I)                              7.72%

District 37, Position 2

Eric Pettigrew* (D)                           88.92%

Tamra Smilanich (I)                         11.08%

District 38, Position 2

Mike Sells* (D)                                  69.82%

Bert Johnson (I)                                30.18%

District 39, Position 1

Dan Kristiansen* (R)                        58.98%

Linda M. Wright (D)                         41.02%

District 39, Position 2

John Koster (R)                                 56.49%

Ronda Metcalf (D)                            38.88%

District 41, Position 1

Tana Senn* (D)                                 63.56%

John Pass (R)                                    36.44%

District 41, Position 2

Judy Clibborn* (D)                           54.23%

Michael Appleby (R)                         34.73%

District 42, Position 1

Luanne Van Werven* (R)                51.67%

Sharlaine LaClair (D)                       40.59%

District 42, Position 2

Vincent Buys* (R)                             53.96%

Tracy Atwood (D)                             34.65%

District 43, Position 1

Nicole Macri (D)                                49.43%

Dan Shih (D)                                      26.36%

District 44, Position 1

John Lovick (D)                                 51.91%

Janice Huxford (R)                           45.24%

District 44, Position 2

Mark Harmsworth* (R)                    51.67%

Katrina Ondracek (D)                       31.23%

District 45, Position 1

Roger Goodman* (D)                       62.00%

Ramiro Valderrama (R)                   38.00%

District 46, Position 1

Gerry Pollet* (D)                               87.94%

Stephanie Heart Viskovich (L)       12.06%

District 47, Position 1

Mark Hargrove* (R)                          59.01%

Brooke Valentine (D)                        40.99%

District 47, Position 2

Pat Sullivan* (D)                               56.41%

Barry Knowles (R)                            43.59%

District 48, Position 1

Patty Kuderer* (D)                           74.04%

Michelle Darnell (R)                         25.96%

District 48, Position 2

Joan McBride* (D)                           77.68%

Benjamin Judah Phelps (L)            22.32%

District 49, Position 1

Sharon Wylie* (D)                            76.26%

Kaitlyn Beck (D)                               23.74%

District 49, Position 2

Monica Jurado Stonier (D)             37.29%

Alishia Topper (D)                            27.68%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several Missouri Senators Try to Kill Religious Freedom — And Fail

 

Democratic Senators in Missouri’s state legislature have ended a filibuster that lasted more than 39 hours over SJR39, a joint resolution that proposes to amend the state constitution to prevent the state from punishing individuals or religious entities who decline to participate in gay marriage ceremonies.

The bill, introduced by State Senator Bob Onder, also provides protections for worship facilities and clergy that refuse to participate in the ceremonies due to sincerely held religious beliefs, as well as vendors and individuals citizens.  Senator Onder argues that religious beliefs are a perfectly acceptable reason to decline services.

Lawmakers who filibustered the bill claimed the bill was a “mean-spirited attempt” to unfairly treat LGBT individuals. However, Republican sponsors of the law maintain that the change would not harm those individuals, rather it would only seek to protect the consciences of Missouri’s religious population.

The proposal has passed final reading in the Senate and awaits a vote in the House. If the proposal passes in the House, then Missouri voters will be given the chance to vote on it either on the August or November ballot.

FPIW applauds the Missouri Senate for their efforts to pass this resolution, despite angry opposition, and we hope that our own state legislature will place special emphasis on the protection for religious freedom in Washington moving forward.

Join forces with FPIW to shore up religious protections in Washington State!

To follow this story, you can check out updates from our sister organization, the Missouri Family Policy Council.

Breaking News: WA Senate Kills Efforts to Repeal Open-Bathroom Rule

 

Update: 3:35pm PST

The Washington State Senate has voted against passage of SB 6443, a bill that would have repealed the Human Rights Commission’s dangerous open-bathroom rule, by a vote of 25-24.

Three Republicans voted alongside Democrats to kill this bill: Senator Joe Fain, Senator Steve Litzow, and Senator Andy Hill. Senator Jim Hargrove and Senator Tim Sheldon broke ranks with their fellow Democrats and voted for the bill.

Update: 3:47pm PST

Joseph Backholm, Executive Director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, has released this statement in regards to the Washington Senate’s action to kill SB 6443:

“Today, the Washington State Senate voted to repeal the right to privacy that every person in Washington State has long expected in locker rooms and bathrooms.  In doing so, they have created legal protections for those who would access private spaces to do harm.  They have also created significant liability for businesses and schools who would try to protect students and customers.

The public understands that common sense and compassion are not in conflict, but in a political environment simple truths are sometimes lost.”

For press availability for Mr. Backholm, please contact FPIW’s offices at (425) 608-0242.

Stay tuned for more information throughout the day.

Update: 4:44pm PST

You can view a list of the Senators who voted for and against this bill by clicking here.  FPIW is urging concerned citizens to contact their Senators to share your thoughts about this vote and ask those who voted ‘NO’ to reconsider.

 

WA Senate Bill Would Force Businesses to Pay for Contraceptives

 

For three years in a row, an abortion insurance mandate has passed the Washington State House of Representatives but failed to pass in the Senate.

Not to be deterred, a handful of Washington State Senators have renewed an effort to force Washington businesses with conviction about the issue of life and abortion to violate their conscience.

They call SB 6493 the “employee reproductive choice act,” but in effect it simply denies employers the freedom to make choices in their business that are consistent with sincerely held beliefs.

The bill would make it an “unfair practice” for an employer “to fail to provide contraceptive coverage at no cost to the employee.”

The bill, however, does not simply require that an employer provide contraceptive coverage, but that it provide coverage “pursuant to the affordable care act.”

The affordable care act specifically mentions twenty different kinds of birth control an employer must be willing to pay for.  Hobby Lobby, the arts and crafts company that successfully challenged the mandate as a violation of federal law, was willing to pay for sixteen of the twenty prescribed forms of the birth control but objected to four of them because of their belief that they would end a life.

Related: Help FPIW challenge these laws and others to protect your freedom!

This bill would deny Washington businesses the protections provided by federal law and require them to pay for specific kinds of contraception that many millions of Americans believe are immoral.

By making it an “unfair practice,” this issue would fall under the jurisdiction of the Human Rights Commission and the state’s law against discrimination, which could then be enforced by the Attorney General’s office.

Both of these agencies have demonstrated their willingness to be intensely partisan when it comes to interpreting and enforcing the law — particularly when social issues are implicated.

The Human Rights Commission enacted a transgender bathroom policy mandating that all schools and public accommodations make allow their bathrooms to be used based on gender identity or expression.  The controversial new rule effectively allows men access to women’s private spaces so long as they “identify” or “express” their self as a woman.

One of the public meetings that no one knew about—allegedly intended to allow the public to provide comment on the rules before they were finalized—was held at an LGBT support center in Pierce County.

Clearly they were looking for input from a cross section of Washington citizens.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has also demonstrated his willingness to use his office for partisan purposes as well. He not only sued Barronelle Stutzman and Arlene’s Flowers for declining to provide floral services for a same-sex wedding but he also filed a lawsuit against rural hospitals to force them to perform abortions rather than refer them.

If passed, this bill would give the Human Rights Commission and the Attorney General the authority to deal with businesses who, like Hobby Lobby, have every desire to be the best employers they can but are unwilling to pay for something they believe will end a human life.

All in the name of ending discrimination.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Health Care committee and has not yet been scheduled for a public hearing. To see which senators are sponsoring this bill, click here.  To track the progress of this bill and other bills of interest, check out our Bill Tracker at the Legislative Hub.  To email your elected officials all at once about this or any other issue, click here.  You can also call your elected officials through the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000.

WA Senate Introduces Bill to Repeal New Open-Bathroom Rule

 

Members of the Washington State Senate have introduced a bill to repeal the Human Rights Commission’s new open-bathroom rule.  Senate Bill 6443 is similar to the House Bill 2589, which was introduced last week on the same topic.

Proponents of the bill are concerned about the implications that the Human Rights Commission’s new rule will have for women and children.  The rule mandates that schools, businesses, parks, and other public accommodations begin allowing people to use restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities based on their internal identification rather than their biological gender.

In addition to the new policy on access to facilities, the new rule also bars individuals from directing “unwelcome questions” to those using facilities and makes it illegal to use pronouns consistent with biological gender if the person requests something otherwise.  You can read more about the now-effective bathroom policy here.

Here is a list of Senators currently signed on to sponsor SB 6443:

  • Senator Doug Ericksen (42nd L.D.)
  • Senator Barbara Bailey (10th L.D.)
  • Senator Mike Padden (4th L.D.)
  • Senator Steven O’Ban (28th L.D.)
  • Senator Jan Angel (26th L.D.)
  • Senator Randi Becker (2nd L.D.)
  • Senator John Braun (20th L.D.)
  • Senator Mark Miloscia (30th L.D.)
  • Senator Judy Warnick (13th L.D.)
  • Senator Bruce Dammeier (25th L.D.)
  • Senator Jim Honeyford (15th L.D.)
  • Senator Mike Hewitt (16th L.D.)

If you’d like to get involved on this issue to protect women and children from predators, here are some ways you can join the effort:

  • Thousands of Washingtonians have made calls and written emails and letters to their legislators.  If you would like to, please click here to use our contact portal.
  • Washingtonians from every county in our state have signed onto a petition to urge the legislature to repeal the HRC rule on open-bathroom.  Click here to add your name.
  • If you use Twitter, Tweet your reason for opposing the HRC rule using the hashtag #HRCTargetingMe.
  • Subscribe to FPIW’s weekly podcast, FYI, for updates on issues like these.  Click here for more.

HISTORY: U.S. House and Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

In a historical fashion, both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have agreed on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

The bill also repeals major key provisions of the Obamacare mandate.

See the House roll call vote | See the Senate roll call vote

This is the first time that a bill to Defund Planned Parenthood has passed both chambers; simultaneously, it is also the first time a bill stripping Obamacare provisions has passed both chambers.

While President Obama is likely to veto the bill, the passage of this bill sends a message that the American people are passionate about the protection of life and the protection of choice when it comes to insurance.

There is now hope that a similar bill will be signed into law with a new presidential administration in 2017.

FPIW Joins Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood in Congress

The Family Policy Institute of Washington has signed onto a letter authored by FRC President Tony Perkins, addressed to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Majority Whip John Cornyn.  The letter, sent last week, expressed support for H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, which has already passed the U.S. House and is awaiting debate in the U.S. Senate.  This bill, a reconciliation bill, is slightly different from other bills in that they are not subject to filibuster, meaning that a simple majority in each chamber passes the bill.

If passed, experts estimate that the bill would reduce Planned Parenthood’s federal funding by almost 89% next year.

FPIW’s response is at the requests of thousands of Washingtonians outraged at the continued funding of Planned Parenthood. While this bill is considered “privileged” and is likely to pass the U.S. Senate, President Obama is expected to veto it.

You can read the letter in its entirety at this link and sign the petition to Defund Planned Parenthood here.